Singer-songwriter and guitarist Joe South passed away today of heart failure. He was 72.
South is best known for his 1969 hit “Games People Play”. The song won him two Grammys. He also wrote “Rose Garden”, “Down in the Boondocks” and “Hush” which became hits for Lynn Anderson, Billy Joe Royal and Deep Purple, respectively. In addition to his songwriting, South was earned a reputation as a respected session guitar player. His guitar work was featured on Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools”, “Sheila” by Tommy Roe and played on Bob Dylan’s classic album Blonde on Blonde.
South was truly a musician for all seasons.